Dipper Photography Workshop

Dipper Photography Workshop – Derbyshire Dales, Peak District

Join me on a dipper photography workshop for an unmissable opportunity to photograph these charismatic birds along the crystal clear rivers of the Derbyshire Dales.

About the dipper

Dippers, named after the way they bob up and down when perched, have evolved an incredible fishing technique allowing them to hunt underwater. Submerging themselves they can walk along the bottom of fast flowing rivers and streams using their outstretched wings to stabilise themselves against the strong currents. This unique ability makes it possible for them to hunt insects and small fish underwater for up to 30 seconds!

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Fitness difficulty:

Easy

Short walks along uneven boggy ground.

 

Availability:

All Year Round

January

December

This photography workshop is available year round.

PRICING

6

Full Day Workshop

6 hours // £60 deposit

£165

1-2-1 Workshop

£120

1-2 Workshop (per participant)

4

4 hours // £40 deposit

£115

1-2-1 Workshop

£80

1-2 Workshop (per participant)

Reduced or extended workshops are available on request.

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Dipper photography workshop - Derbyshire Dales, Peak District

What Do My Guests Think?

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Dipping into the wonderful world of the Dipper in the Peak District with the ever so patient and knowledgeable Francis. In what one could only describe as challenging photographic conditions, I had a great day with Francis learning about how to photograph these amazing little birds. The rain started and never stopped, the sun nowhere to be seen, but the dippers did not care! I learnt a lot about photographing in these conditions but more importantly to me I learnt about field craft. The end result was some amazing images, a set of which will be framed and hung on our study wall. I am sure you will have to put up with me again hopefully later this year.

 

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What can you expect?

From close up detailed portraits to environmental and behavioural images my dipper photography workshops will show you how to capture a stunning portfolio of images of this unique bird. 

I have studied and photographed dippers in great depth, and I will teach you all the essential fieldcraft and technical skills needed to get close without causing any disturbance. I will also explain how to recognise different behaviours and habits of the dippers so that you leave with a much better understanding of these unique birds.

Throughout the day we may also have the opportunity to photograph; kingfishers, water voles, grey wagtails, herons, diving ducks, wrens and much more!

Recommended equipment

  • DSLR, mirrorless or bridge camera
  • A 500mm+ lens or 300mm with teleconverters is ideal (or equivalent on crop/bridge camera).
  • Due to the low angles we will be shooting at, a beanbag is advised.  
  • There may also be opportunities for landscape photography, so a wide angle or standard zoom lens and a sturdy tripod are recommended. 

Additional information

  • Camouflage is not essential for this workshop, however neutral colours – browns and greens are advisable.
  • Due to the nature of the location we may be lying on muddy river banks to get to eye level with the dippers. Wellies or waterproof walking boots are essential and waterproof clothing or a ground mat is strongly recommended. 
  • Please visit the FAQ’s section for more information on what to bring.

 

 

Dipper Photography Workshop